LONDON: Andy Murray wiped out 77 years of pain and hurt as he became the first British man since 1936 to win the men's title at Wimbledon with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory over world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Smiling Pinki flips coin at Wimbledon final MURRAY'S TRIUMPH IN PICS (Agencies)
Just why Britain had to wait almost eight decades to witness such scenes of unbridled patriotic joy at the spiritual home of lawn tennis was summed up by an astonishing final game when Murray won and lost three match points, leaving 15,000 fans gasping in disbelief.
The pulses were racing even faster as Djokovic displayed his own survival instincts to earn three break points before a wondrous volley winner gave Murray another championship point.
This time Djokovic could not deny him and when the Serb dragged a backhand into the net after yet another lengthy exchange, 60 million Britons leapt up and Murray tossed his racket to the famous turf.
"That was one of the toughest moments and was unbelievably tough match. I don't know how I came through the final three points, I'm so glad to do it," Murray said after fulfilling a lifelong dream of holding aloft the gilded Challenge Cup.
"Congratulations to Andy you absolutely deserved it, you played incredibly. I know what it means to you guys in the whole country so well done. It is a great achievement. I gave it my all and it was an honour to be in this match, in this final," a gracious Djokovic said.
Murray took three hours and nine minutes to finally lay Fred Perry's ghost at 5.24 local time on Sunday.
On the hottest day of the year in Britain, with the mercury soaring toward 30 degrees Celsius, the world's two best players produced scorching sinew-stretching action from the start and the first three games alone lasted 20 minutes.
The opening salvo of the Centre Court clash lasted 20 strokes as Murray went up 0-40 on the Serb's serve but Djokovic produced staunch defence to stave off his opponent's attacks.
The duo did trade breaks in the third and fourth games, with each Murray winner being greeted by a chorus of 15,000 roars.
LONDON: Andy Murray wiped out 77 years of pain and hurt as he became the first British man since 1936 to win the men's title at Wimbledon with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory over world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
Smiling Pinki flips coin at Wimbledon final
MURRAY'S TRIUMPH IN PICS